An extraordinary son of India Shri Jaipal Reddy who defeated polio that had almost crippled him!
We have lost one of our very upright politicians, brilliant and intellectual administrators, in the untimely demise of Shri Jaipal Reddy.
The drawbacks of having had brought up in a remote village, of Telangana, childhood affliction by polio, etc could never deter his extraordinary ambitions to be in the helm of public affairs as a college students’ leader, Youth Congress President from 1965 to “71, member of the undivided Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly from 1968 to “84 and then after a member of Parliament, both in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to be a Central Minister for many years!
Jaipal Reddy had opposed the declaration of emergency, though he was a prominent Congress leader. Being disillusioned, he joined the then Janta Party in 1977.
In 1980, he contested against Indira Gandhi in Medak!
In 1998 he became Information and broadcasting minister in the Inder Kumar Gujral government.
In 1999, Reddy returned to his roots, the Indian National Congress and in 2004 he was part of the Manmohan Singh’s UPA government, once again as I and B minister. In UPA-II also he was a minister with petroleum and gas as his portfolio. But there was a disheartening episode, with the way the government handled the petroleum gas deal with the Reliance Supremo Mukesh Ambani and as a consequence, Reddy had to shift from that portfolio to Science and Technology.
The late Shri Sudini Jaipal Reddy had a crucial roll in carving out the new State Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.
He was elected as a public representative in State Legislative Assembly, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha about 11 times and more than ten years as a Central Minister.
His oratory brilliance was second to none!
He has won awards like Outstanding Parliamentarian.
Was a highly intelligent and could give a lecture on almost any subject.
Many other big leaders, irrespective of political affiliations, were very fond of Shri Jaipal Reddy.
Let’s pray for everlasting peace with his pure Soul.